In North America, Buy Nothing Day is Friday 26th November.
If you worry that consumerism equals a whole load of waste that damages the environment, you might be interested to hear about Buy Nothing Day. It’s the simplest concept in the world; for one day only don’t buy anything. It’s easy – you just don’t go to the shops, you don’t spend any money, you don’t come home with a load of new stuff. For one day you’ll be saving your money and saving the environment, because if you’re not spending money, chances are you’re not going to use the car to go to the shops (saving on petrol and its damaging effect) and you’re not bringing home a lot of packaging that will be going into the waste.
Do your pocket and the world a favour and BUY NOTHING, just for one day! And when you DO buy something (the day before, the day after, or whenever), ask yourself the following questions (from Buy Nothing Day UK site):
- Do I need it?
- How many do I already have?
- How much will I use it?
- How long will it last?
- Could I borrow it from a friend or family member?
- Am I able to clean and/or maintain it myself?
- Will I be able to repair it?
- Am I willing to?
- Have I researched it to get the best quality for the best price?
- How will I dispose of it when I’m done using it?
- Are the resources that went into it renewable or non-renewable?
- Is it made from recycled materials, and is it recyclable?
Even if you do go out, there are LOADS of ways to not spend money. Here are just a few:
- Don’t get on the bus or use the car – go for a walk instead
- Don’t go to the pub – invite your friends round for drinks instead
- Don’t go out to a restaurant – have a home-cooked meal instead
- Don’t buy a new outfit – swap an outfit with a friend (or have a swap-meet with loads of friends and get several new outfits for free!)
- Check out what’s available for FREE near you – visit museums and art galleries, or if it’s a nice day, go to the park and have a kick-about with a ball
If you really cannot go one day without buying something, go to Amazero and “buy” the New and Improved Nothing.